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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
August 17, 2009

Comptroller's Webinars Inform Local Property Tax Officials About Recent Changes Affecting Local Taxes

(AUSTIN) — The 81st Legislature made dozens of changes to property tax laws affecting every step of the property tax process, including appraisals, appeals, exemptions and collections.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today reminded county tax assessor-collectors, chief appraisers and other local property tax officials about two Webinars this week explaining the changes.

“We are reaching out to help local tax officials keep on top of legislative changes,” Combs said. “Understanding the new requirements is critical to fair and uniform property taxes statewide.”

The first Webinar explains changes in the law that affect county appraisal districts and appraisal review boards. It takes place Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. To pre-register for the Webinar, go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/585754608.

The second Webinar takes place Friday, Aug. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. It covers statutory changes affecting county tax assessor-collectors. To pre-register, go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/211048929.

More information about the Webinars and the technical requirements to attend can be found on the Comptroller’s Web site at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/webinars.html.

The Comptroller’s Web site also offers a new publication summarizing recent property tax changes. Texas Property Tax law Changes 2009 is located at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/96-669_2009.pdf.

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